Planning the Vegetable Garden

Now that the weather has seemingly straightened itself out, I’m in vegetable garden planning mode.  Most years I fly by the seat of my pants, but this year I wanted to make sure I got in everything for yummy summer salads with enough to feed our chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits and goats.  Everyone gets fresh vegetables at breakfast time and this year I’m determined that it’s all going to come from my very own garden.

There is a perfect spot on the south side of the shop where I initially had raised garden beds.  They didn’t work out so well.  Last fall everything got ripped out as I decided to have an old fashioned in ground garden.  It will provide more room and will be easier to maintain.  The first year we moved in I planted two apple trees and three cherry trees.  Last year the birds got all the cherries so I’m looking at covering them this year.  The apple trees aren’t producing any apples, but I hope that with the addition of honey bees they will be pollinated and we’ll have farm fresh apples.

I’ve spent some time on the computer drawing up a plan and here it is . . .

Vegetable Garden – 10’ X 40’

Vegetables

  • Variety of Leaf Lettuces
  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Green Onions
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Parsley
  • Spring Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes (1 plant)

Flowers and Herbs for Pest Control
Marigolds
Nasturtiums
Mint
Sage

I hope to get the site ready for planting by mid to late May.  I have a few other ideas I’d like to incorporate, but I have to get dear hubby on board first (insert sinister smile here).

Until next time . . .

 

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